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Newcastle can repeat Guimaraes masterclass with Kvaratskhelia

The January transfer window is now officially open for business and Newcastle United could look to improve their squad heading into the second half of the season.

They used the winter market to great effect last season as PIF’s first window as owners of the club ended with Bruno Guimaraes, Chris Wood, Matt Targett, Kieran Trippier, and Dan Burn all coming through the door.

PIF significantly bolstered Eddie Howe’s team and it led to the Magpies breezing clear of the relegation zone to comfortably finish in midtable.

Guimaraes was one of the standout additions to the side as he came in and hit the ground running in England. The Brazil international averaged a Sofascore rating of 7.25 across 17 appearances in the Premier League, scoring five goals and providing one assist from central midfield.

He also made 3.1 tackles and interceptions per game and made a huge impact at both ends of the pitch for Howe, by winning the ball back on a consistent basis and then having the quality to be a difference-maker in the final third in possession.

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PIF and Howe struck gold on the Brazilian from Lyon and they could now repeat that masterclass by bringing in another talented young star in the form of Khvicha Kvaratskhelia.

Last month, The Times reported that the Georgian winger has emerged as a priority target for the Magpies in 2023 after rave reviews from their scouts and they could look to swoop for him during the January transfer window.

90min, however, have claimed that Newcastle are only one of a number of teams interested in signing the attacker and that it would take at least £100m to snatch him away from the Italian giants.

The Magpies must go all out to secure a deal for the Georgia international ahead of their rivals as his form for Napoli this season indicates that he could have a Bruno-esque impact at St. James’ Park.

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Speaking to Fabrizio Romano, Rubin Kazan boss Leonid Slutski claimed that “football is like Disneyland for Kvaratskhelia” and the gem’s statistics suggest that he is certainly having fun on the pitch this season.

The 21-year-old has plundered six goals and five assists in 12 Serie A starts, averaging a Sofascore rating of 7.38, for Napoli this term and has also caught the eye in the Champions League with two goals and three assists in five outings.

Kvaratskhelia, who has provided eight ‘big chances’ in total and 1.9 key passes per game in the Italian top flight, is showcasing his ability in a major European league at such a young age and this suggests that he could be a phenomenal addition to Howe’s squad.

The attacker has proven that he has the quality to score and assist goals on a regular basis at the top level and he could, therefore, be a match-winner for Newcastle in the Premier League and aid them in their European push this season.